E. V. HAUGHWOUT BUILDING NEW YORK

One of the most impressive cast-iron buildings in the city, its Venetian Renaissance façade came from the catalogue of Daniel Badger’s Iron Works, a local firm that made cast-iron panels that architects mixed and matched to create the effect they wanted. Cast-iron was especially appropriate for retail stores like this one because its strength allowed large open spaces for show windows. Eder V. Haughwout sold cut glass, silverware, clocks, and chandeliers in his cast-iron palace, and he made it more attractive to his customers by installing the first commercial elevator ever to appear in a store.

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